There are many online and offline food safety courses advertised. The online courses that I am referring to are those that are recorded and can be downloaded at any time, rather than live broadcasts. 

What is the difference between online and offline courses and which one is best for you? This article looks at both options and the benefits of both. For more information about training requirements in a food or drink business, click here. 

 Offline (In person) courses offer:

– fixed time and place to attend

– not usually recorded

– the opportunity to ask questions at the time.

– one time attendance.

– Formal exams

– the expertise of the trainer dedicated to you and the other delegates. This will mean that the course will be bespoke to the delegates. An experienced trainer will perform a “needs analysis” . This will enable them to understand the delegates’ previous experience of the subject and where they need to explain in more or less detail.

– the pace of the course is set by the trainer and delegates.

– there are opportunities for peer to peer and trainer interaction and support.

Online courses offer:

– flexible attendance

– recordings of materials

– lifetime access to the course may be available

– online exams, taken at a time to suit you, if there is an exam.

– the courses are general, delivering the course content without taking into consideration for the experience of the delegates. 

– flexible location

– take the course at your pace.

– no interaction with the trainer or other delegates.

– there may or may not be the opportunity to ask questions. 

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